India alliance government will conduct caste census if voted to power : Kharge

Lucknow, May 15 (UNI) Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday said that the current Lok Sabha election is a fight of rights and entitlements between the rich and the poor in which the INDIA alliance is completely with the poor people of the country.

In a joint press conference with Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav, Kharge said that this is the first Lok Sabha election since independence which is very important in every respect. “Everyone knows that this is a fight between two ideologies. On one side, there is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is standing in favour of a few capitalists and is ready to change the Constitution, while on the other side there is an alliance of 26 political parties which is fighting for the rights and entitlements of the poor, tribals, unemployed and women,” he said.

The Congress President said that in the first four phases of the elections, the INDIA alliance is far ahead of BJP and its allies and the results will be shocking on June 4 when the BJP will be wiped out and a coalition government will be formed in the country.

Regarding BJP’s free ration scheme, he said that BJP only talks about 5 kilogram free ration whereas it should remember that the food security scheme is the contribution of Congress and if their government comes to power at the centre, they promise that every poor family will be given 10 kilos of ration free.

He said that the previous Congress governments had set up BHEL, HAL, GAIL and many other enterprises which provided employment to lakhs of people, whereas BJP wants to sell these enterprises to private hands. “Despite lakhs of government posts being vacant, youth are desperately searching for jobs,” Kharge said.

Kharge said that caste census will be done in the country when the coalition government comes to power. It does not mean that social inequality will increase but it will help in understanding what is the economic condition of each class, what is its level of education, whether the people are getting health services they require which will help in making a new policy, he said.

The leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha said that the youth are very angry with the BJP, while the women, farmers and the poor are hurt by inflation and this will be the factor in the defeat of the NDA.

He said that Congress is committed to the five Nyay and 25 guarantees mentioned in its manifesto.

In response to a question, the Senior Congress leader said that he will not say anything about the seats being won by BJP but it is certain that BJP is losing the Lok Sabha election and its departure is certain on June 4.

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